HPCO Accreditation is an indicator of compliance with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Standards.

Accreditation assures the delivery of consistent, high quality hospice palliative care among accredited programs and services located throughout the province.

HPCO Accreditation signifies to health professionals, the public and funders that an organization, institution or program is in compliance with industry standards and has been recognized by HPCO based on a rigorous review of overall performance by industry peers. Accreditation also serves as an indicator of commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

Organizations that offer Visiting Hospice Services (VHS) and/or Residential Hospice (RH) are encouraged to register to participate in HPCO’s Accreditation Program.

The initial accreditation process spans at least 10 months and includes three major phases – Registration, Application and Collection/Submission of Evidence. A diagram is available to illustrate the process, and the timeline below provides an overview.

Accreditation Timeline

Name of Cohort

Based on timing for collection of evidence

Registration deadline

Org declares intent to participate in Accreditation Program

Application deadline

HPCO assesses eligibility & preparedness of org.

Collection of Evidence

For electronic submission

Submission Deadline

Org provides evidence of compliance to HPCO

On-site Review

If applicable

Accreditation decision

Delivered in writing by HPCO

Spring/Summer Feb. 1 April 1 May-Aug Sept. 1 Sept/Oct Dec. 1
Fall/Winter Aug. 1 Oct. 1 Nov-Feb March 1 Mar/April June 1


The Accreditation decision is followed by ongoing compliance requirements.

For more information, please contact the Standards and Accreditation Coordinator at 416.304.1477  ext. 26

If you wish to learn more about HPCO’s Accreditation program, please complete a survey indicating your interest. When a minimum number have indicated interest in the session, you will be contacted with the details required.

Accreditation – Register Now >

Detailed Accreditation Timeline >

Accreditation – Request for Continuation >

Accreditation – Fee Schedule 2016-2017 & 2018-2019 >